NC taxpayers footing the bill for trips to ALEC conference

A variation on, "Go out and break me off a switch from that tree so I can beat you with it."

Five Republican leaders plan to seek reimbursements for attending the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, conference last week.

The authorization allows them to receive $104 per day for travel expenses as well as reimbursement for registration fees, which cost up to $750 for legislators at the ALEC event. It is considered professional development.

If you consider abdicating your responsibility to write your own bills, and substituting industry-crafted nonsense in their place "professional development," just how low would they have to go to be considered unethical? Steal candy from a baby, rob a Salvation Army donation can, and then run over a nun in a crosswalk while making their getaway?

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At least once a week, I find myself talking to someone who has absolutely no awareness of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) at all. Each occurrence of this phenomenon brings about the same feeling of utter disbelief in me. Slowly, I’ve realized that while I have a keen awareness of the influence ALEC has within the halls of NC Government, many, many people simply do not. In truth, although few of our Legislators publicly associate themselves with ALEC, if you name a regressive bill this NCGA has passed since 2010, there’s a high likelihood it came from ALEC.

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